Good to All

Thanking God for His goodness even in affliction.

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16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.  17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.  Psalm 25: 16-17 ESV

The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. Psalm 145: 9 NIV

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Heart to Heart

A reminder that prayer is simply talking to God.

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26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.  Romans 8: 26-27 NIV

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Matthew 6:7 NIV

The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.   1 Samuel 16:7b NIV

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Always More

A prayer celebrating God’s ability to do more than we could ever dream.

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20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—  21 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).  Ephesians 3:20-21 AMPC

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Faith Confessions

Speaking the truth of God’s word over ourselves.

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24 The Lord bless you and watch, guard, and keep you;  25 The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you;  26 The Lord lift up His [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace (tranquility of heart and life continually).  Numbers 6: 24-26 AMPC

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Waiting in Hope

A prayer of waiting, full of hope and expectation in God’s goodness.

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24 The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.   25 The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word].  26 It is good that one should hope in and wait quietly for the salvation (the safety and ease) of the Lord.  Lamentations 3: 24-26 AMPC

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Treasure in Jars

A prayer celebrating the beautiful paradox of God’s power residing in our frail human vessels.

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But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.   2 Corinthians 4: 7 AMPC

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Thankful Prayer

Looking at the link between prayer and thanksgiving.

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Philippians 4 : 6 NIV

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  Colossians 4:2 NIV

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Praising Prisoners

Lessons from the story of Paul and Silas in prison.

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25 But about midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the [other] prisoners were listening to them,  26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s shackles were unfastened.  Acts 16: 25-26 AMPC

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Good Plans

A prayer focused on God’s good plans for us even when the future looks uncertain.

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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV

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